CAS & CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Therapy clinics have a lot to gain from embracing teletherapy, and teletherapy certification can help them to learn all they need and show that to their peers and the parents of their patients. The healthcare industry is changing quicker than ever with the prevalence of COVID-19, forcing many therapists and patients alike to try out teletherapy for extended periods whether they wanted to or not.
The St. Tammany Health System Pediatric Inpatient Unit and Pediatric Emergency Department are now a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), a designation granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The designation means that physicians and staff have completed an autism-specific training and certification program to improve patient outcomes and experiences.
Contributed by Martha Aki, ECI Program Director, Katy Independent School District, ACAS
As the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Program Director in Katy, Texas, I have seen firsthand how telepractice benefits special education and early childhood development professionals and those they serve.
LearningRx Owatonna has earned the Board Certified Cognitive Center (BCCC) designation, granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Owatonna staff have completed an evidence-based training and certification program through IBCCES focused on autism, ADHD, anxiety, and dyslexia.
In an effort to create a more inclusive community space for visitors and residents with autism, Forest Preserve District’s Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Will County, IL, has earned the Certified Autism Center™ designation through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). IBCCES’ training and certification will help staff provide guests with autism and sensory sensitivities can have with the best possible experience.
Imagine not being aware that your patient’s pain level is not being accurately communicated. Imagine not knowing that when examining a patient, you may inadvertently cause the visit time to be tripled. Imagine misdiagnosing a serious health issue because your patient communicates differently and did not indicate their concerns the same way a “typical” patient does.
This is the reality for patients with autism who visit emergency departments with urgent or acute medical issues and encounter providers and support staff that are not knowledgeable in the medical differences for people with autism and how to ensure an efficient, effective visit.
Organizations that provide a tool, product or resource for individuals with cognitive disorders have an important opportunity to position themselves as a leader within the autism community by becoming a Certified Autism Resource (CAR).
A Certified Autism Resource, or CAR, is a product or service that has undergone a comprehensive board review conducted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), and meets one or more of the six areas of autism competency as outlined by the Board.
Many occupational therapists have had to adjust their practices significantly during the times of COVID-19 due to stay at home orders or other interruptions.
This has forced a number of OTs to start doing telehealth, with some planning on incorporating it moving forward and others planning on going back to ‘normal’ and only doing in-person services. Some practices closed during stay at home orders and didn’t offer telehealth or telepractice at all.
These OTs are missing out on a number of benefits for both the OT and their clients, which as time goes on will leave them at a distinct disadvantage relative to the other OTs who have embraced the advantages of the medium.